The art of engraving is as old as mankind itself. Since ancient times, humans have been using cutting instruments to decorate jewellery and objects needed for everyday use.
In Europe, the art of engraving experienced a Golden Age in the 15th and 16th centuries, when armor and weapons were finely chiselled and engraved. In the 16th century, Albrecht Dürer helped the art form back to its glory days by using engraving tools for his copper printing plates and famous prints. Today, in the 21st century, Jaeger & Benzinger are using the very same tools as Dürer.
There are now only very few specialists skilled in these old finishing crafts. Our world is turning ever faster, globalization has made all people equal, computers determine our communication and people's appetites are sated with fast food. Despite - or maybe due to - this, there are some able and willing to pay for the luxury of the truly exceptional.